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Janet Porter

Chair of the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board


Janet is an award-winning business journalist with extensive knowledge of the maritime industry, and in recent years a particular focus on the container shipping sector.

She chairs the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board, an independent panel of experts who provide guidance and advice to the editorial team to ensure the highest standards of journalism are maintained.

Prior to that, Janet was responsible for overseeing coverage of the global container shipping industry for two of the world's leading maritime publications, Lloyd's List and Containerisation International.

Janet has often been the first to report some of the industry’s biggest events. She broke the story that AP Moller-Maersk was poised to take over P&O Nedlloyd. The details were so accurate that trading in P&O Nedlloyd's shares on the Amsterdam stock exchange was suspended until an official statement was issued the following day, confirming the acquisition talks.

More recently, she was in overall charge of Containerisation International as it was fully integrated into the Lloyd’s List group. This included publication of a monthly magazine plus daily online news and analysis. At a time when container shipping is in the throes of the biggest upheaval in its 60 years history, CI has provided the most comprehensive coverage available of all the changes taking place, and how these will affect the future shape of the industry.

Before joining Lloyd’s List, Janet was London correspondent and bureau chief for The Journal of Commerce, then a daily New York-based business paper that became part of the Economist Group, covering a broad range of industries from shipping, aviation, insurance and surface transportation to regulation and trade policy, while also managing a network of European correspondents and editing their articles.

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Transpacific freight rates soar as US import boom continues

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Asia Pacific United States

LA/Long Beach anchorages full as cargo surge clogs Californian supply chains

Lloyd’s List Intelligence data shows that most of the world's top container lines are caught up in the ship delays that could disrupt sailing schedules for several weeks, since local distribution centres are already so overloaded that they are struggling to accept any more cargo that is waiting to be unloaded

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UK ports: Shipowners, shippers, and shoppers need answers

Coronavirus has piled unprecedented pressures on global supply chains, and the UK has the added problem of Brexit to deal with. But after years of investment surely the ports sector should be better prepared?

Containers Ports and Logistics

Migrant rescue ship Maersk Etienne gets new owner and name

Maersk Product Tankers has sold Maersk Etienne, the ship that was at the centre of an international furore over the summer after it rescued 27 migrants off the coast of North Africa at the request of Malta

Tankers and Gas Political and Trade

UK container transport task force gathers as crisis deepens

Port operators and container lines are now in dialogue with each other under the auspices of the Department for Transport in an effort to free up UK supply chains which have been badly hit by terminal congestion that, in turn, has played havoc with ship schedules

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MSC Cruises presses ahead with newbuilding programme

The commitment to fleet expansion will come as a huge relief to Europe’s shipyards, which continue to dominate this sector even though most containerships, tankers and bulkers are now built in Asia

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